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Rebels first up for Force
Rebels first up for Force

The Western Force will begin the 2013 Super Rugby competition with a visit to the Melbourne Rebels on Friday, February 15.

The WA side will play their first four games away from home because of the redevelopment of nib Stadium, with their first match in Perth coming in round six against the Cheetahs on Saturday, March 23.

Full 2013 Super Rugby draw

After the Rebels clash, the Force will play two games in South Africa against the incoming Southern Kings and the Bulls, before a bye in round four and then a trip to Queensland to face the Reds.

The Force, under new coach Michael Foley, have eight home games in their final 12 matches. They will go up against former skipper David Pocock and his Brumbies team away on April 27, before the teams meet again in the final round on July 13.

The Australian Conference teams will be the only one in action in round one, with four of the teams in action, with the same to occur in round 17 before the Australian teams take a break for the British & Irish Lions tour.

The Force will play a tour match against the Lions in Perth on Wednesday, June 5, at Paterson Stadium, to allow for the influx of touring supporters, with more than 11,000 converging on Perth when the side last visited in 2001.

The West Australian

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